Friday, November 27, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Northrop F-5E Tiger II, N926TA; accident occurred August 24, 2020 at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Tactical Air Support Inc

Location: Reno, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR20CA286
Date & Time: August 24, 2020, 10:03 Local 
Registration: N926TA
Aircraft: Northrop F5 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport
Age: 47,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 23, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 5, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2838 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 2350 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Northrop 
Registration: N926TA
Model/Series: F5 E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 75-0493
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 13, 2020 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo jet
Airframe Total Time: 2335.1 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: J85-21C
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 5000 Lbs thrust
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRTS,5050 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 05:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 09:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Reno/Stead RTS 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5050 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.680831,-119.879997(est)


  1. Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
    resulting from ...
    Aircraft Landing gear system - Not used/operated (Cause)
    Personnel issues Forgotten action/omission - Pilot (Cause)
    Task monitoring/vigilance - Pilot (Factor)

  2. Flare gun would be last resort to warn pilot. Standard equipment in mobile controls in the old days.

    1. As would that incessant beeping noise.

    2. Doesn’t the report say the audible warning was inop?

    3. Post mishap investigation revealed the audible system was inoperative.


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